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Michael Bentine

Michael Bentine (January 26, 1922 - November 26, 1996) Comedian, comic actor, and member of the Goons

Bentine was born in Watford, England[?], of Anglo-Peruvian parentage. In World War II he served as an RAF Intelligence officer, and took part in the liberation of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. He had acted before the war, and afterwards he decided to become a comedian, specialising in off-the-wall humour, often involving cartoons and other types of animation. For example, a prominent feature of his series, It's a Square World, was the imaginary flea-circus[?]. He was also a television presenter and writer.

He appeared in the Goon Show film Down Among the Zed Men[?], and at the time seemed perhaps the most comfortable of the cast in working in a visual medium.

In later life, his interests included parapsychology. This partly arose as a result of the premature death of his son.

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